Tuesday’s letters: Tampa Bay needs mass transit, period

Tuesday’s letters to the editor
Published June 17

Move forward with bus rapid transit | Editorial, June 15

Mass transit is stuck in neutral

This editorial once again highlights the apparent inbred inability of Tampa Bay area transit planners to actually think proactively. Since I moved to the Tampa area two years ago, all I have witnessed is blustering on the part of bureaucrats (and residents, sadly) with nothing accomplished other than taking away — not expanding — bus routes.

May I respectfully suggest that these wise beings take a moment to turn off their televisions and step outside to witness the bloated highways that woefully underserve the exploding increase in vehicles?

It’s not rocket science, folks. It’s common sense, a commodity apparently in short supply among those responsible for traffic and transportation in our area. And, no, widening the highway is not going to solve anything.

We need exponentially increased bus service for all areas, and we need light rail service beyond the cute-but-utterly-useless trolley that creeps from nowhere to nowhere.

Although I have zero confidence that anything will be accomplished in my lifetime, I hope that future generations will be afforded an alternative to clogged streets.

Kirk Hazlett, Riverview

College shakeup yet to shake out | June 15

Outstanding policy programs

I was so sorry to read that St. Petersburg College has decided to take the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions “in a different direction” and that David Klement’s contract as director was not renewed. Since moving to the area, my husband and I have attended many of the well-balanced panel events he organized on important, national public policy issues facing our neighborhoods and communities. Having taught ethics for over a dozen years at a Level 1 research university in Chicago, I can tell you his programs were outstanding. I cannot imagine better — more relevant — programming. My hope is that the institute’s board will review this decision.

Patricia Beattie Jung, Bradenton

Enjoy the Rays while you can | Letter, June 15

Miss them when they’re gone

Peter Golenbock’s letter regarding the Rays’ attendance is right on the money. The former Montreal Expos are now the Washington Nationals, and it took D.C. a generation to get a new team after they lost their second big league team to Texas, after losing the first team to Minnesota. Over and over, cities have let professional teams get away because of neglect by politicians and small-minded leaders in their communities, and then they begin again — in many cases — trying to lure teams from other cities, or get expansion teams. Virtually all of these cities have lost their teams, and the pride that goes with them, because of old, old stadiums. Tropicana Field is about 30 years old, and the design goes back another 10 or so years.

David Good, Redington Shores

Redefine ‘us’ in census? | June 15

Read the Constitution

Republicans, read Article 1, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers.” It says “numbers,” not “citizens.” The count is not limited to citizens only.

Charles Lehnert, Sun City Center

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